Monday, October 27, 2008

Now, I hear you ask, whats he going to be blogging about tonight, its been dark since 5 o'clock?

The truth is not much really but I've just had Bunty on a torchlight walk at Boulmer, south from the lifeboat hut ( now thats local patchwork, walking it in the dark). As we returned to the car a Barn Owl was hunting along the strand line towards the village. Only my second sighting here.

I wondered what it was hunting but I suppose mice will venture from the grass onto the sand and I once found a Water Shrew on Hauxley beach in a Fabric Conditioner bottle. It must have been feeding on sand hoppers and taken refuge in the bottle and been trapped. It was released back to more suitable habitat nearby.

2 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Barn owls are great birds to have on your local patch BB. As for you question ''have I any missing winter birds'' well I could get a Golden Plover, less likely, a Green Sandpiper,or maybe a duck will visit the lake (if it ever quietens down over there!) I've had Gadwall, shoveller, and pintail - all just once. WAXWING ? that would be a nice patch tick.

Boulmer Birder said...

This spell of 'weather' will hopefully deliver the goods...